A blogger takes a look at recent network news coverage on March 21st and feels there was something missing, only to be replaced by "pink slime." A homegrown terrorist can leave four dead men and three dead children in his wake, before holding a European nation at gun point while holed up in his house ... and I guess his victims are just so much meat. Processed meat in ground beef, now there's a real killer in today's politically correct news media world.
Which of the following do you think should have been the lead story on the March 21st ABC, CBS, and NBC nightly newscasts?
A. Several supermarket chains have decided to stop selling ground beef that contains processed meat filler;
B. The NFL levied penalties against the New Orleans Saints;
C. Viral video of a helicopter crash in which no one was injured;
D. A mass-murderer who killed four people, including three children, at a Jewish school in France, and who also gunned down three French soldiers in that country’s worst terror attack in recent history was revealed to be an al-Qaeda-linked Muslim terrorist who desired to bring the entire nation of France “to its knees.”
If you guessed “D,” you’re obviously not cut out for the world of network news. Not one of the “big three” networks led with the story of the Muslim terrorist in France. And not one of the “big three” deemed that story important enough to be in the top four stories of the day.
ABC led its newscast with an earth-shattering report about how several supermarket chains will stop selling beef containing a safe but controversial type of meat filler which the media has dubbed “pink slime.” No more pink slime at Safeway…a much more important story than France’s worst terror attack in years.
All these years after 9-11 the American media often appears as though it wants to sweep the threat of radical Islam under the rug. If it's someone like a Timothy McVeigh whom they can link to the America military, or even cluelessly portray as a part of today's legitimate political right, that story just might open newscast after newscast, night after night, until it's completely played out.
But your average homegrown terrorist anywhere in the world needs a booking agent if he wants that kind of attention from the mainstream media. Some would say "but it's France." True, it's France today; however, one would have to be totally naive to dismiss the global sweep of radical Islam, including established roots right here at home.
Rather than sound the alarm for the American public, today's media usually appears to be blind, deaf and dumb on the subject. Unfortunately, that's a large part of what will make "Never again" an empty phrase when it does.